by Michele Cuseo
Mayor Meets with New County Executive, Jan Gardner
Emmitsburg Mayor Don Briggs met with Frederick County Executive Jan Gardner to discuss ideas and concerns for the town of Emmitsburg. Briggs stated that Gardner is meeting with town mayors around the county to discuss their concerns and needs in preparation for her new role in Frederick County. Mayor Briggs expressed his concern for the lack of accessibility to programs and services for the elderly in Emmitsburg due to their distance from the city of Frederick. Briggs requested a possible improvement regarding the transportation options provided for senior citizens to get to Frederick for necessary services.
Emmitsburg Sustainability Certification
Emmitsburg Mayor Don Briggs and the “Green Team” will be meeting with the state of Maryland officials to further promote Emmitsburg toward a state of Maryland Sustainability Certification. The Green Team, which includes the mayor and five other members, was formed to complete the requirements for the sustainability certification. Emmitsburg has already accomplished most of the required tasks, which include: an operational farmers market, a State certified green school (Mother Seton), a local business directory and promotion, a community garden, LED street lights, pet waste program, and ordinance and a solar power array (we have completed phase I). The City of Frederick is the only other town in the county with this certification.
Mount St. Mary’s University Donating Clock to Town
Mount St. Mary’s has donated a large vintage style clock to be included in the town’s downtown square improvements project. The clock weighs 1,000 lbs. and has Roman numerals for clock numbers. Mayor Briggs was pleased to accept the donation and believes it will be a great addition for the town square. The placement for the clock in the downtown square area has not been determined yet.
For more information about the Town of Emmitsburg, log onto www.emmitsburgmd.gov or call 301-600-6300.
New Town Office Opening
The new Thurmont town office will be located at 615 E. Main Street and will officially be in place by Monday, January 12, 2015. The town office will be closed on Friday, January 9, 2015, in preparation of the move from the old office to the new. A grand opening celebration is tentatively planned, but the date is yet to be determined.
Sidewalk Project Request
The town is asking citizens who live along the new sidewalk areas to use Non-Corrosive Salt to melt the ice and snow on these sidewalks to avoid damaging them this winter. Cement hardens over time. The new cement sidewalks need more time to harden up and should be fine by next winter. Further construction on this project has been put on hold until the spring.
View the Town of Thurmont’s website at www.thurmont.com or call the town office at 301-271-7313 for more information.